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International surgery and the University of Connecticut experience: lessons from a short-term surgical mission.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Hughes, C; Zani, S; O'Connell, B; Daoud, I
Published in: Conn Med
March 2010

BACKGROUND: Surgery is gradually gaining recognition within the international public health community as an essential component to sustainable improvements in health care in resource-poor areas. In this article, we document the University of Connecticut experience with international surgical missions, and we offer avenues for optimization of these efforts. METHODS: A one-week elective trip to San José de Chiquitos, Bolivia to provide essential general surgical care to a rural, underserved population. We collaborated with local health-care personnel in both intraoperative and perioperative care. RESULTS: Forty-one major cases were performed over a week-long period. The majority of cases were open cholecystectomy, but a variety of emergency and elective surgical cases were performed. There were no postoperative complications over a three-month follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: International surgical trips are an essential component of public health initiatives abroad; surgery can provide a vital role in the health care of underserved populations. Few domestic programs have formal international surgical curricula within the residency program; we offer beneficial results based on a short-term model. Future studies should focus on the development of sustainable, surgical programs that focus on education of local health-care personnel in underserved regions.

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Published In

Conn Med

ISSN

0010-6178

Publication Date

March 2010

Volume

74

Issue

3

Start / End Page

157 / 160

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Universities
  • Time Factors
  • Schools, Medical
  • Medically Underserved Area
  • Medical Missions
  • Internationality
  • Humans
  • General Surgery
  • General & Internal Medicine
  • Connecticut
 

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Hughes, C., Zani, S., O’Connell, B., & Daoud, I. (2010). International surgery and the University of Connecticut experience: lessons from a short-term surgical mission. Conn Med, 74(3), 157–160.
Hughes, Christopher, Sabino Zani, Brendan O’Connell, and Ibrahim Daoud. “International surgery and the University of Connecticut experience: lessons from a short-term surgical mission.Conn Med 74, no. 3 (March 2010): 157–60.
Hughes C, Zani S, O’Connell B, Daoud I. International surgery and the University of Connecticut experience: lessons from a short-term surgical mission. Conn Med. 2010 Mar;74(3):157–60.
Hughes, Christopher, et al. “International surgery and the University of Connecticut experience: lessons from a short-term surgical mission.Conn Med, vol. 74, no. 3, Mar. 2010, pp. 157–60.
Hughes C, Zani S, O’Connell B, Daoud I. International surgery and the University of Connecticut experience: lessons from a short-term surgical mission. Conn Med. 2010 Mar;74(3):157–160.

Published In

Conn Med

ISSN

0010-6178

Publication Date

March 2010

Volume

74

Issue

3

Start / End Page

157 / 160

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Universities
  • Time Factors
  • Schools, Medical
  • Medically Underserved Area
  • Medical Missions
  • Internationality
  • Humans
  • General Surgery
  • General & Internal Medicine
  • Connecticut